Black and White Budget, Transvaal Special, No. 13, Vol. 41, January 6th 1900

Jan. 6,1900 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET WE SHALL NOT FORGET THOSE who believe that there is fatality in the number three will find confirmation in the disasters which our arms have suffered in South Africa. First came the news of General Gat- acre’s unsuccessful attack on the Boer position at Storm berg next day we heard that Lord Methuen had received a severe check at Masrers- less to fortune and more to knowledge and organisation, also feel confidence and believe that the results of these three disasters will be eventually to make our army in South Africa abetter instrument for fighting a brave and well-generalled enemy. The story of Tugela is a record of gallant and General Lord Kitchener o f Khartum ,Chief of the Staff under Lord Roberts fontein, and we looked to General Buller to turn the luck. But 110! Fate must be satisfied, and the battle of the Tugela came to complete the lesson jwhich the other two had begun. Now that the three have happened the superstitious will breathe again, feeling that disasters are over and success is about to begin. Those who trust determined fighting on the part o four men entirely thrown away owing to the badness of our guns. Colonel Long had to take his guns so near to the enemy (800 yards is the distance given) that they were putout of action almost immediately, and despite heroic efforts, in which Captain Schofield and Captain Congreve cspeci-
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